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Playing music on HT via networked computers

Discussion in 'Computers' started by MikeFR, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. MikeFR

    MikeFR Supporting Actor

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    Interesting to see if anyone has tried this.

    I was considering having a PC(A) which will be located by my HT and networking it with my main computer(B) in another room along with my PS2. What Im wondering is if I would be able to play music files(wma) located on (B), through (A). I want to access them through the network while they are playing. Would this work or would there be lag problems?

    Basically I want to have a PC by my HT that can play media from my other comp. I was considering this because I have to set up a router to connect my PS2 anyway and it would save me the trouble of finding a 50ft analog rca cable to hook up my other comp to my receiver. I would have the added benefit of being able to hook up this second PC to my tv and select media from there. I think I would rather invest my money in this rather than a 300 disk cd changer.

    Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Dan Mercier

    Dan Mercier Stunt Coordinator

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    You should have no problem. MP3's are on average
    1mb per minute. So if you think about streaming that on a
    10mb network you should have no problems. The only
    thing I can think of is if PC (B) goes to sleep or anything
    you'd have a short lag time when you try to play your first
    song.

    Dan
     
  3. John*Jones

    John*Jones Stunt Coordinator

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    Shouldn't be a problem at all. I currently have all of my mp3s on a PC I use specifically for file storage. I've never experienced any lag when I play these files on my main PC.

    John
     
  4. MikeFR

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    Thanks guys. Now that that is cleared up, must start looking into the hardware [​IMG].
     
  5. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

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    Just to hijack the thread a bit [​IMG]

    Would a wireless network also be sufficient?

    The reason I ask is because I will be moving into my new flat soon and I'm thinking about hanging a wireless hub off my exiting DSL modem/router (or at least doing something that achieves the same result). I'd like to have a wireless PC in with the HT equipment and do exactly what Mike is suggesting.

    I basically know little about wireless except that it's more expensive and less speedy than wired.

    ?
     
  6. John*Jones

    John*Jones Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm using a wireless network (D-Link DI-624) and haven't experienced any problems with lag when playing mp3s. My desktop is hardwired to the router and my server is using a wireless card.

    John
     
  7. MikeFR

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    I was considering wireless but I have most of the equipment already and I can get wire for cheap so I figured I'd stay with the old fasioned way [​IMG].
     

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